Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 29 - Sun, Dec. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$74,179,601-53%4,1630$17,819$296,295,6572Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$67,391,32627589%3,7423741$18,009$93,933,2262Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$11,085,296-22%3,286-427$3,373$186,705,0864Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$8,172,920-35%1,717-324$4,760$63,088,4753Universal
5Homefront$6,915,241--2,570--$2,691$9,740,4191Open Road
6Delivery Man$6,835,841-14%3,0360$2,252$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$4,864,861698%1,2341164$3,942$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$3,669,530--1,516--$2,421$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$2,692,525-38%1,854-1072$1,452$58,598,6725CBS Films
10Gravity$2,556,188-20%1,016-829$2,516$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$2,305,038-19%1,165-309$1,979$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$1,835,178-66%2,287-784$802$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,766,420-49%1,503-1122$1,175$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$3,676,0012762%835831$4,402$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$2,517,176-6%69630$3,617$10,215,7045Focus
3Ender's Game$1,214,778-39%843-1192$1,441$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$1,148,004-37%807-849$1,423$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$885,382--583--$1,519$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$730,965124%10274$7,166$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7The Christmas Candle$387,457-53%352-40$1,101$1,613,3223EchoLight Studios
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$386,941-55%707-414$547$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
9About Time$374,035-70%331-719$1,130$14,663,6585Universal
10Despicable Me 2$340,160-1%271-24$1,255$366,932,48022Universal
11All Is Lost$193,252-47%154-193$1,255$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
12Ram-Leela$170,771-63%2040$837$2,633,8853Eros International
13Enough Said$121,341-50%121-112$1,003$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,7410%163-22$655$68,239,40117Fox
15We're the Millers$97,036-15%164-31$592$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
16Prisoners$92,698-28%203-52$457$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
17Insidious Chapter 2$89,377-15%140-45$638$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
18Planes$83,604-35%185-31$452$90,211,06617Disney
19The Family (2013)$54,009-14%1304$415$36,809,72612Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$47,761-64%141-126$339$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit
21Krrish3$2,856-89%2080$14$2,191,3435Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$133,051154%2320$5,785$255,1643Janus Films
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$114,506-37%94-48$1,218$1,650,5946IFC Films
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$84,283--4--$21,071$84,2831Weinstein Company
4Kill Your Darlings$68,043-32%74-4$920$760,5067Sony Pictures Classics
5Instructions Not Included$65,92012%68-12$969$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$48,992-75%56-56$875$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
7Hubble 3D$48,51833%110$4,411$41,430,031194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Saratov Approach$42,4889%27-7$1,574$1,411,4328Purdie Distribution
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$42,114-25%71-53$593$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
10Monsters University$38,130-24%97-20$393$268,449,86124Disney
11Blue Jasmine$37,602-22%33-10$1,139$32,744,63419Sony Pictures Classics
12The Armstrong Lie$32,092-25%31-6$1,035$194,8574Sony Pictures Classics
13The Counselor$30,260-52%78-51$388$16,856,8986Fox
14Singh Saab the Great$30,134-78%540$558$210,9402Eros International
15Space Station 3D$27,18378%41$6,796$89,506,007607IMAX
16The Punk Singer$24,729--3--$8,243$24,7291IFC Films
17Turbo$23,407-23%39-7$600$83,009,20220Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Don Jon$22,141-29%26-10$852$24,297,89310Relativity Media
19The Wolverine$20,757-13%35-8$593$132,550,96019Fox
20Baggage Claim$20,079-10%42-4$478$21,532,50010Fox Searchlight
21Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$17,286-40%63$2,881$57,4542IFC Films
22Wadjda$14,374-27%21-3$684$1,342,45512Sony Pictures Classics
23Muscle Shoals$12,847-7%20-5$642$634,87610Magnolia Pictures
24Bettie Page Reveals All$8,34472%21$4,172$14,8662Music Box Films
25Journey to the South Pacific$8,137--1--$8,137$9,3901IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Austenland$8,121-4%16-3$508$2,137,57316Sony Pictures Classics
27Go for Sisters$6,41821%63$1,070$31,3294Variance Films
28The Heat$5,662-35%250$226$159,568,80123Fox
29Deep Sea 3D$5,400-29%40$1,350$45,991,509405Warner Bros. / IMAX
30To the Arctic 3D$5,394-24%90$599$13,681,36785Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$5,135--1--$5,135$5,1351Cinema Guild
32In a World...$5,042-20%5-4$1,008$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
33Short Term 12$4,848-32%6-7$808$1,000,70715Cinedigm
34Reaching for the Moon$4,748164%43$1,187$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
35Runner Runner$4,708-26%23-15$205$19,312,4809Fox
36The World's End$4,054-8%60$676$26,003,14915Focus
37I Am Divine$3,16258%50$632$46,6498The Film Collaborative
38Under the Sea 3D$2,98977%4-1$747$33,678,353251Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Faust$2,762-65%1-3$2,762$30,8623Leisure Time Features
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,608-51%6-1$435$4,774,37125RADiUS-TWC
41Inequality for All$2,286-55%9-4$254$1,162,78310RADiUS-TWC
42Narco Cultura$2,257-63%10$2,257$10,6102Cinedigm
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,10120%5-3$420$23,101,355139Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,882-67%2-1$941$48,0985Zeitgeist Films
45A Touch of Sin$1,786-51%10$1,786$96,3719Kino Lorber
46Good Ol' Freda$1,667141%3-1$556$136,74213Magnolia Pictures
47The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,666-4%10$1,666$60,89110Rialto Pictures
48The End of Time$1,468--1--$1,468$1,4681First Run Features
49When Comedy Went to School$1,339259%43$335$227,73918International Film Circuit
50Fire in the Blood$1,286--4--$322$17,62813International Film Circuit
51Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,27328%20$637$9,1745International Film Circuit
52Contempt (2013 re-issue)$928--1--$928$33,23313Rialto Pictures
53Linsanity$757-22%32$252$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
54Museum Hours$738--2--$369$547,04623Cinema Guild
55The Fifth Estate$698-78%6-10$116$3,254,1727Disney / DreamWorks
56Grace Unplugged$638-87%4-6$160$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
57How I Live Now$630-62%3-4$210$60,2134Magnolia Pictures
58People of a Feather$517--1--$517$4,1714First Run Features
59Romeo and Juliet (2013)$428-87%120$36$1,161,0898Relativity Media
60Caught in the Web$361--1--$361$5791levelFILM / Vitagraph
61The Act of Killing$324-49%1-1$324$451,15720Drafthouse Films
62Camille Claudel 1915$311-54%1-1$311$22,5407Kino Lorber
63Big Sur$181-40%21$91$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
64Let the Fire Burn$180-73%1-2$180$48,8519Zeitgeist Films
65Mr. Nobody$151-52%10$151$3,6005Magnolia Pictures
66Computer Chess$147--1--$147$101,66620Kino Lorber
67The Trials of Muhammad Ali$28-93%10$28$57,60715Kino Lorber